About Us

Pain research at McGill University is conducted at the AECRP (Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain). The Centre comprises researchers from the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry and Science. Its main goal is to bring together the McGill community of basic and clinical pain researchers to promote research that will result in cures for chronic pain. Through activities and international collaborations, the Centre focuses on new discoveries and their clinical applications that will improve the prevention and treatment of chronic pain.

Pain Research at McGill:
What we do and why we do it

One of three Canadian students selected to attend the 70th Lindau Nobel Meeting
Stephanie Mouchbahani-Constance
Congratulations Stephanie on being selected to attend the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. This meeting, which has been held annually since 1951, brings together dozens of Nobel Laureates to meet the Next Generation of young scholars. Way to go! [link]
Cover Illustration, Brain, Vol 143 (2), Feb 2020
Etienne Vachon-Presseau
Congratulations to the Vachon-Presseau lab for being selected as cover illustration of the journal, Brain, for their paper "Morphometric network differences in ageing versus Alzheimer’s disease dementia." [link]
CIHR Program Grant Competition
Celine Gelinas, Laura Stone & Tim Wideman
Congrats go out to Celine, Laura & Tim for their successful applications to CIHR. Their work covers a wide-range of fields, and will have impact on ICU practices,bone fracture recovery, and HCP education related to pain. [link]
Chair, Orofacial Pain Working Group, NCOHR
Ana Velly, DDS, PhD
Congratulations go out to Ana on her appointment as Chair of the Orofacial Pain Working Group of the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research! [link]
Honorary Skou Professorship, Aarhus Universtiy, Denmark
Luda Diatchenko
Congratulations go out to Luda on her being named an Honorary Skou Professor at Aarhus.The first cohort of 21 will be welcomed to the Aarhus at a special ceremony on Oct 8th, 2019 [link]
Cover of the Journal of the American Dental Association
Carolina Beraldo Meloto
Congratulations go out to Carol a second time for her article, Clinical predictors of persistent temporomandibular disorder in people with first-onset temporomandibular disorder, being selected as the Cover of the July 2019 issue of JADA. [link]
IASP Early Career Research Grant Award
Carolina Beraldo Meloto
Congratulations go out to Carol on her receiving IASP's Early Career Research Grant Award. [link]
Member, Royal Society of Canada
Jeff Mogil
Congratulations to Jeff Mogil on his being elected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada. [link]
Canada Research Chair Tier 2
Marc O. Martel
Congratulations go out to Marc O. Martel on his having been award a CRC 2 Chair in Chronic Pain, Mental Health and Opioid Use. [link]
Martin JH, Hall W, Fitzcharles MA, Borgelt L, Crippa J. Ensuring access to safe, effective, and affordable cannabis-based medicines. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2020 Mar 3. doi: 10.1111/bcp.14242 [link]
Zidarov D, Zidarova-Carrié A, Visca R, Miller JM, Brecht K, Viens N, Ahmed S. Core patient-reported outcome domains for routine clinical care in chronic pain management: patients' and healthcare professionals' perspective. Qual Life Res. 2020 Mar 3. doi: 10.1007/s11136-020-02459-9. [link]
Beaulieu-Laroche L, Christin M, Donoghue A, Agosti F, Yousefpour N, Petitjean H, Davidova A, Stanton C, Khan U, Dietz C, Faure E, Fatima T, MacPherson A, Mouchbahani-Constance S, Bisson DG, Haglund L, Ouellet JA, Stone LS, Samson J, Smith MJ, Ask K, Ribeiro-da-Silva A, Blunck R, Poole K, Bourinet E, Sharif-Naeini R TACAN Is an Ion Channel Involved in Sensing Mechanical Pain. Cell. 2020 Feb 17. pii: S0092-8674(20)30114-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2020.01.033. [link]
Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management (online learning)
Chronic pain management is a major and growing challenge for patients, healthcare professionals and the global healthcare system. Deadline to apply for Fall 2020 admission: June 1st [Link]
Terry Coderre and Lucy Gagliese reflect on their experiences as trainees of Ron Melzack’s and what made him such a great mentor.
Pain Research Forum, Terence Coderre and Lucy Gagliese, “In Memoriam: Ronald Melzack (1929-2019). 11 March 2020 [Link]
Gabriella Gobbi interviewed on the connection between sleep and pain
Practical Pain Management, Avery Hurt, Melatonin for Pain, 09 March 2020 [Link]
Jeff Mogil interviewed on altrusim and rat behaviour
National Geographic, Liz Langley, "Rats avoid harming other rats. The finding may help us understand sociopaths." 05 March 2020 [Link]
In an important new find, the Sharif-Naeini lab locates an ion channel responsible for our feeling mechanical pain, opening up a new potential target for therapeutic interventions
McGill Newsroom, 24 Feb 2020, McGill researchers end decade-long search for mechanical pain sensor [Link]
Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation Calls for Grants in Pain Research, PDF and PhD Studentships
The 2020 Calls from LAEF are out! Check the "Funding" tab on this website for details on Grants, Graduate Studentships and Post-Graduate Fellowships. Deadline to submit: March 16, 2020
The Minerbi/Shir gut microbiome study in FM patients makes list of top stories for 2019
Pro-Health.Com, Donna Gregory Burch, A Review of 2019's Top Fibromyalgia Headlines and what they mean of 2020, 17 Feb 2020 [Link]
Ron Melzack's passing noted in The Lancet
The Lancet, Geoff Watts, Ronald Hyman Melzack, 08 Feb 2020. [Link]
Mathieu Roy discusses his research on the psychology of pain in this student forum.
McGill Tribune, 21 Jan 2020, 29th Edition of Soup and Science [Link]
A team from Dentistry, including Laura Stone, look at circadian clock genes, anti-inflammatory drugs and healing.
McGill Newsroom, 21 Jan 2020, Our biological clock plays crucial role in healing from surgery [Link]
Ron Melzack's passing noted in the Science Section of the New York Times
New York Times, Benedict Carey, 12 Jan 2020: Ronald Melzack, Cartographer of Pain, Is Dead at 90 [Link]
"Dr. Ron Melzack has done for pain research and pain management what Einstein did for physics." — Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
Montreal Gazette, Aaron Derfel, 07 January 2020: Tributes pour in for pain-research pioneer Ronald Melzack [Link]
Jeff Mogil: "He's the most famous and the most prominent pain researcher to have ever lived,"
McGill Reporter, Neale McDevitt, 07 January 2020: Ronald Melzack (1929-2019) [Link]
Amir Minerbi talks about fibromyalgia and the role the microbiome may play in helping to diagnose the disease.
The McGill Tribune, Miguel Principe, Dec 3rd, 2019, “The gut microbiome in disease and health.” [Link]
Mary-Ann Fitzcharles on the need for more scientific evidence on cannabis and rheumatoid arthritis.
ACR Daily News, 13 Nov 2019, “Despite the availability and growing popularity of medical cannabis, more clinical evidence is needed” [Link]
Promoting return-to-work in those with co-morbid MSK pain and depression.
Sullivan, Wideman & Thomas, Oct 2019, IRSST Studies and Research Projects report #R-1044 [Link]
We join the Twitterverse! @AECRPain
Follow the AECRP on Twitter for the latest research news and information from one of Canada's leading pain research centres
The QNJPI mission is to create a forum for trainees studying in Quebec to foster research collaborations across different areas of expertise by facilitating communication among trainees... [Link]